The Role, Importance and Challenges of Data for a Public Health Model

Deborah Anne Scott, Agatha Faulkner

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This chapter highlights methodological and practical issues in data integrity and the role of data in a public health model. It considers definitional issues of child maltreatment and how this influences measurement of the incidence/prevalence of maltreatment by the inclusion or omission of individuals from databases. This chapter considers the challenges of administrative data, mortality data and child death reviews and using cross-sectional national studies, survey data. It discusses the strengths and limitations of use of administrative data sets (for example child protection, and health datasets) – in isolation as single sources of information and by linking these datasets to identify and measure associations with known and potentially unknown risk indicators.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevisioning Public Health Approaches for Protecting Children
EditorsBob Lonne, Debbie Scott, Daryl Higgins, Todd Herronkohl
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030058586
ISBN (Print)9783030058579
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameChild Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy
ISSN (Print)2211-9701
ISSN (Electronic)2211-971X


  • administrative data

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